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BPH (Benign prostatic hyperplasia)

Also referred to as benign prostatic hypertrophy or simply an enlarged prostate

BPH (Benign prostatic hyperplasia or hypertrophy) is the medical term for the condition commonly known as an enlarged prostate. Dr. Jen Tan gives an overview of what BPH is, the science behind it, causes of the condition and what risks are associated with it.


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    JOHN — 06.02.2018 22:08
    I have been taking Finasteride for at least 5 years . Sometimes it seems that it is working with less urination at nights but other nights is frequent trips every hour . Do I have a chance to make it better again or I just have to take this medicine forever ?


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      Jen Tan — 07.02.2018 08:30
      Hello John. If you feel that finasteride may not be working, it will be worth reporting this to your doctor especially if you have been on it for 5 years. A change of medication may help your symptoms and yes, in general, unless you have surgery on your prostate, you may need to stay on prostate medication.


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    ivan.povey — 21.04.2017 19:49
    I have a benign enlarged prostate and am taking tamurex,but have severe back pain,is this a side effect of the tamurex,i also have arthritis of the lower back .co-codamol relieved the pain before the prostate problem but not now..???


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      Jen Tan — 22.04.2017 18:03
      Back pain is a known side effect of tamsulosin which is the chemical name of tamurex. Apart from arthritis in your low back occasionally, prostate problems can also lead to back pain. Best advice for the moment is for you to speak to your doctor as we do need to get to the cause of your back pain.


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Hi, I had a blood test a few weeks ago to check for prostate cancer, which came back as negative. Would this test tell me if I had an enlarged prostate?

No, blood tests are not part of the diagnosis for an enlarged prostate.
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BPH is a very common problem that increases the older men get, and around half of all men have an enlarged prostate by the age of 50. At the age of 80, this has risen to 80%

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